Kenneth L. Proulx

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Kenneth L. Proulx, 95, passed away peacefully at his home on Dec 1st, 2019.

The oldest child of Lawrence and Mabel (DuCharme) Proulx, he was born on July 8, 1924 in Prairie du Chien. 

He traveled with his parents in a motorcycle and side car to Kenosha at the age of 2. His parents would go on to have two daughters and another son who would reside in Kenosha the rest of their lives. His primary education was in Kenosha. At age 12, he returned to Prairie du Chien to work on his maternal grandparents' farm and continue his education in a one-room school house. He started his first paying job there, stoking the school room stove and clearing the walk before the school day started. He often remarked those days were the happiest of his life. He returned to Kenosha and worked at American Brass before enlisting to fight in World War II. He was a Navy Veteran and served three years at Pearl Harbor. He worked for 24 years at American Motors and retired in 1984. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 72. He was a life member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The addition of a copula room to the FFRF building in Madison was named after him.

He is survived by his sister, Gloria (Proulx) Anger; sister-in-law, Nancy (Mills) Proulx; four nephews; eight nieces, their families, children, and numerous cousins all of whom enjoyed hearing his stories of farm life, the navy, work as a lineman as well as his wonderful collection of family photographs and newspaper clippings. He is missed very much.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Harvey Proulx, one sister Joan (Proulx) Smith and his brother-in-law Jack B. Smith.

His ashes will be interred at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020 in a ceremony held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring Street, Union Grove WI, 53182.

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